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[Bug 1425972] Re: Firefox no longer supports -remote parameter


** Bug watch added: Debian Bug tracker #779330

** Also affects: exo (Debian) via
   Importance: Unknown
       Status: Unknown

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  Firefox no longer supports -remote parameter

Status in exo:
  Fix Released
Status in One Hundred Papercuts:
Status in emacs24 package in Ubuntu:
Status in exo package in Ubuntu:
Status in firefox package in Ubuntu:
Status in emacs24 source package in Trusty:
Status in exo source package in Trusty:
  Fix Committed
Status in firefox source package in Trusty:
Status in emacs24 source package in Utopic:
Status in exo source package in Utopic:
  In Progress
Status in firefox source package in Utopic:
Status in exo package in Debian:

Bug description:
  As of Firefox version 36, the -remote commandline parameter was dropped.  This parameter is used in versions of exo prior to 0.10.3. Because of this, opening any URLs via exo-open will cause a new firefox window to launch at the home screen.

  As reported, this affects the terminal, ubuntu-bug, xchat, and
  numerous other applications.

  [Test Case]
  1. Set Firefox as the default web browser in "Preferred Applications".
  2. From a terminal, type the following:

  exo-open "http://www.xfce.org";

  Expected: Firefox opens at http://www.xfce.org
  Actual: Firefox opens at the home page.

  [Regression Potential]
  No regressions by this change. This fixes the application call to correctly open URLs.


  [Original Report]
  When I click a link from an email it does not work any more.

  Instead of opening the link in a new tab, Firefox opens a new empty
  window and does not follow the link.

  If I change the default browser for my desktop from Firefox to Chrome,
  then Chrome can open the link fine.

  I have started seeing this today since firefox was upgraded from v35
  to 36.

  My email client is Mozilla thunderbird at the latest stable version.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
  Package: firefox 36.0+build2-0ubuntu0.14.10.4
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-31.41-generic 3.16.7-ckt5
  Uname: Linux 3.16.0-31-generic x86_64
  AddonCompatCheckDisabled: False
  ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu8.2
  Architecture: amd64
   /dev/snd/controlC0:  dpottage   3729 F.... pulseaudio
  BuildID: 20150224133805
  Channel: Unavailable
  CurrentDesktop: XFCE
  Date: Thu Feb 26 14:30:41 2015
  ForcedLayersAccel: False
   # interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
   auto lo
   iface lo inet loopback
   English (South Africa) Language Pack - langpack-en-ZA@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
   English (GB) Language Pack - langpack-en-GB@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
   Français Language Pack - langpack-fr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
   Deutsch (DE) Language Pack - langpack-de@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
   Default - {972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-07-02 (604 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130423.1)
   default via dev eth0  proto static dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src  metric 1
  MostRecentCrashID: bp-86a16931-63d2-435e-8324-421212140304
   Shockwave Flash - /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
   LibreOffice Plug-in - /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/libnpsoplugin.so (browser-plugin-libreoffice)
   Java(TM) Plug-in 11.25.2 - /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so
  PrefSources: prefs.js
  Profiles: Profile0 (Default) - LastVersion=36.0/20150224133805 (In use)
  RelatedPackageVersions: browser-plugin-libreoffice 1:4.3.3-0ubuntu1
   0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
  RunningIncompatibleAddons: True
  SourcePackage: firefox
  SubmittedCrashIDs: bp-86a16931-63d2-435e-8324-421212140304
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to utopic on 2014-10-29 (119 days ago)
  dmi.bios.date: 11/23/2012
  dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: A08
  dmi.board.name: 0XR1GT
  dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.board.version: A00
  dmi.chassis.type: 3
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA08:bd11/23/2012:svnDellInc.:pnVostro270:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0XR1GT:rvrA00:cvnDellInc.:ct3:cvr:
  dmi.product.name: Vostro 270
  dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

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